Sunday, January 25, 2015

In Flight

Chicago's top 5 flights, when one beer just isn't enough


There are days when your normal afterwork pint just won’t cut it. Those days require not two, but three to five deliciously diverse beers.

Taste your way down the taps with Chicago's top five beer flights.
5. Price is Right: Quenchers Saloon
At this no-frills drinking institution, the beer (close to 300 varieties) is good, the shots are cheap ($3 Malort every day), and the bar's been standing since 1979. Quenchers' Monday special of $15 beer flights is just the way to start the week...or end the weekend.
$15. 2401 N. Western Ave., Logan Square (773-276-9730)
4. Bacon + Beer: Bar Bar Black Sheep
What can make a flight of beer better? If it comes with a flight of applewood-smoked, jalapeño-pesto, and black-pepper-encrusted bacon with a side of beer-cheddar sauce. Sold separately, of course.
$11. 1415 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park (773-951-4635)
3. International Flight: Old Town Pour House
Do you feel like the beers of Belgium or perhaps a selection of German lagers? The rotating selection of international beer flights lets you be a globetrotter without leaving the comfort of Old Town. Or having to get frisked by the TSA.
$16. 1419 N. Wells St., Old Town (312-477-2800)
2. Hidden Treasures: The Bluebird
Feeling fancy tonight? There's a beer flight chock full of rare beers built just for your palette at this cozy Bucktown gastrobar. Bring a date on Tuesdays, when the beers are paired with fine cheeses from Marion Street Market.
$15. 1749 N. Damen Ave., Bucktown (773-486-2473)
1. All-For-One: Dryhop
A flight for those with commitment issues awaits at Lakeview’s one and only brewpub. Get all six beers currently on tap, from the Belgian dark ale Dancing On A Valentine to wheat IPA Shark Meets Hipster. Then grab another one.
$12. 3155 N. Broadway St., Lakeview (312-477-2800)

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